Günter Brus

Ohne Titel [Untitled]

About this artwork

This work documents a 'Self-painting', in which Brus covered his whole body in white paint, and then painted black lines over himself to suggest cracks. The collaged pins, razor blades and pen-knife take on the ritual significance of tools of torture, making Brus's body like that of a secular saint. By using his body in this way, Brus reintroduced raw human emotion into art. The collage is typical of the counter-culture which operated throughout Europe and the USA during the 1960s, but also refers to the tortured self-portraits of the Viennese Expressionists, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

  • title:
    Ohne Titel [Untitled]
  • accession number:
    GMA 3054
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  • materials:
    Mixed media on board mounted on wood
  • date created:
    1965
  • measurements:
    77.00 x 77.00 cm (framed: 95.00 x 94.00 x 8.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1987
  • copyright:
    © Gunter Brus

Günter Brus

Günter Brus